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Italian Intermezzo

The Colosseum, Rome
9 Days from $2,197 per person

Italy's most famous and best loved cities reveal a treasure-trove of riches on this concise, yet surprisingly diverse itinerary.

Italian Intermezzo also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Italy. After being greeted by your Tour Director at Milan's Malpensa Airport, your transfer departs at 09:30 or 12:30. In the evening, you are invited to a warm Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Palace Hotel, Como.
  3. Head east to elegant Verona for a leisurely walk past the well-preserved Roman Arena that is still used for opera performances. Stand beneath the balcony in the courtyard of Juliet's house, the supposed location of the famous balcony love scene. After some free time for browsing around the local market, it's on to the glorious city of Venice.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena, Venice (2 nights).
  4. Even for the experienced traveller, there can be no better joy than waking up in Venice. Transfer to Giudecca Island to witness the art of glassblowing. Then appreciate the splendour as you cruise by Palladio's San Giorgio Maggiore to St. Mark's Square. Your Tour Director will explain the glorious history of ‘La Serenissima', once one of the greatest trading centres of the world – its wealth and power is echoed by the riches of St. Mark's Basilica. See the Doge's Palace and its adjoining Bridge of Sighs. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Later, on your romantic gondola serenade, glide along the atmospheric canals while musicians set the mood with traditional songs.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Best Western Premier Hotel Sant'Elena, Venice.
  5. Follow the fertile valley of the River Po, into the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Continue to Pisa to see the world-famous Leaning Tower in the ‘Meadow of Miracles' and also the 11th century cathedral and baptistery. Then venture on to beautiful Florence - a treasure house of the Renaissance. On arrival, meet a Local Expert for a walking tour of the historic centre. Visit the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's masterpiece statue, 'David'. Admire the marble clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti's ‘Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square filled with Renaissance sculptures. Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Montepulciano - the wines of Tuscany are famous worldwide. During your stay, sample some of these robust reds and learn about their origins.
    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:NH Anglo American, Florence (2 nights).
  6. In the morning, learn all the secrets of traditional Florentine leather-work. The rest of the day is free for you to fully immerse yourself in the Tuscan capital. Perhaps shop for leather goods at the markets around Santa Croce or relax and soak up the atmosphere in one of the many street cafes. Be sure not to miss the magnificent museums and galleries that house some of the most famous works of art in the world. In the evening, there is an opportunity to sample the true flavours of the region with a sumptuous Tuscan dinner and local wine.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:NH Anglo American, Florence.
  7. Travel through the vineyards of the Chianti region in the morning, past Lake Trasimeno - the Italian Peninsula's largest lake and site of a great battle in ancient times against Hannibal and his war elephants. Climb into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains to delightful Assisi, a stone-built town spilling over the steep hillside. With a Local Expert, visit the tomb of St. Francis and see the beautiful frescoes by Giotto in the great basilica, before continuing along the valley of the River Tiber towards the ‘Eternal City' of Rome. In the evening, why not throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to the city?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Kolbe Hotel, Rome (2 nights).
  8. In the morning enjoy the very best of the city's highlights including a tour of the magnificent St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. There's free time to do as the Romans do, or perhaps join a tour inside the Colosseum. Then, you are fast-tracked through our special VIP entrance of the Vatican Museums with a Local Expert. Admire the Papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's masterpiece on its ceiling. After the museums close their doors to the public, our tour culminates with a special invitation from a curator of the Ethnological Museum to share their immense knowledge of the collection. Dine tonight in the Vatican in refined elegance among its priceless treasures at a private VIP Celebration Dinner.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Kolbe Hotel, Rome.
  9. Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 & 09:30.
    meal(s):BB
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Included Quality Dining

7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. Departures on tour for Christmas and New Year's Eve enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner.

Signature Experiences

Venice:

  • To the tune of accompanying musicians, you are serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola.

Florence:

  • Gain a fascinating insight into the work of Michelangelo's masterpiece, David, with a Renaissance art expert during your visit to the Accademia Museum.

Assisi:

  • A Local Expert will explain why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.

Rome:

  • A Local Expert takes you on an exploration of the city's highlights including St Peters Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and gain VIP access into the Vatican Museums.
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These departures stay in an alternative accommodation of similar standard in Como.

These departures stay in an alternative accommodation of similar standard in Rome.

These departures are subject to change in price, discount and hotels. Prices and discounts will be confirmed in May 2017.

Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $360 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Italy must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Italy.

  • The currency in Italy is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some euros for when you first arrive in Italy, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Italy. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. In fact, each of the 20 regions has its own distinctive cuisine. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water. Tap water is safe to drink, but not always tasty. We recommend you buy bottled mineral water. ‘Acqua non potabile’ means the water is not safe to drink.  Find out about some local specialties to try in Italy’s top destinations below.

    Florence

    Food in Florence is simple and humble, and relies on the fresh ingredients of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Many of the local recipes have evolved from peasant dishes to international favorites. Bread is an important staple in Florentine cooking, and is featured in everything from antipasti (appetizers) such as bruschetta to traditional main dishes. Panzanella is a popular summer salad prepared with day old crusty bread and tomatoes.  Papa al pomodoro is a delicious soup made with bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  You’ll also find a variety of dishes featuring white beans, including the hearty ribollita soup.  But the flagship of Florentine cuisine remains the famous bistecca alla fiorentina (T-bone steak).  For a sweet finish, meals are topped off with traditional cantuccini (almond cookies) and the local vin santo dessert wine.

    Venice

    A visit to Venice offers an opportunity to discover a variety of truly unique gastronomic traditions.  Venetians have a long-standing tradition of eating cicchetti, small bites similar to Spanish tapas. You can enjoy a variety of these before lunch or dinner, paired with a glass of local wine at restaurants and bars around town. Other common dishes include polenta, risotto with peas, salted cod, sardines, and local bigoli pasta.  

    Rome

    Roman cuisine is deeply rooted in the past. Despite the city’s imperial history, the food in Rome and the surrounding Lazio region is anything but refined.  Humble pasta dishes such as carbonara, amatriciana, aglio e olio (garlic and olive oil) and cacio e peppe (pecorino cheese and pepper) are local favorites served in trattorias around town. Other foods to try in Rome include pizza, a variety of fritti (fritters) made with everything from salted cod to zucchini flours, stewed oxtail, suppli (rice and Bolognese sauce croquettes) and sharp pecorino cheese. For dessert, try crostata di ricotta (Italian cheesecake) or zeppole (donuts).

  • In Italy, the weather changes very quickly, with temperatures varying from morning to night. We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At bars and restaurants, tipping is less common or generous as in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave an extra euro or two for your waiter.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Friday, October 28, 2016
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Service rating : Had a wonderful time.
Vacation : Love, love Italy
Monday, October 24, 2016
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Service rating : All aspects of our trip were very well planned. We feel that we definitely got our money 's worth by booking this trip through Grand European Travels. We recommend them highly.
Vacation : Our trip was everything we had hoped it would be. Loved our tour director, Ernesta. Our tour group was so much fun.
Monday, October 17, 2016
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Service rating : Tour guide Ernesta Fae was truly wonderful. Her knowledge and preparation made this trip so much more.
Vacation : A great introduction to Italy.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Friday, October 7, 2016
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Service rating : So pleased with this overview. Took our 24- yr. old granddaughter and even though we'd done "The Best of Italy" several years ago, it was such a treat to revisit the highlights of this itinerary.
Vacation : Excellent
Sunday, September 25, 2016
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Service rating : Grand European Travel is a good company. Wish the director and coach driver ate at least some of their meals with the tour group. Would have felt more friendly.
Vacation : Italian Intermezzo Vacation was very good. Would have enjoyed if Lake Como had been 2 days.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
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Service rating : This was our first experience with GET. We were very pleased with the service of the company. We received information in a timely manner and received our trip documents in plenty of time. The connection with Insight Travels seems to be a successful partnership.
Vacation : This was our first trip abroad and we had a wonderful time. Our tour director was great. The outings that were planned for the regular tour were very enjoyable and we took advantage of the offered excursions and were able to have a wide range of experiences.
Friday, August 5, 2016
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Service rating : I already completed an evaluation for Insight Vacations, so I don't wish to do another one!
Vacation : Excellent
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Service rating : All personnel reliable and knowledgeable. All questions answered in a timely fashion.
Vacation : The trip was wonderful. Excursions were informative and fairly priced, most included a meal.
Friday, June 17, 2016
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Service rating : Easy booking, great itinerary, tour ran smoothly.
Vacation : Great itinerary and optional experiences.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent accomedations, and tours. Our guide was very knowedgeable and informative. Margaret was great but she moved a bit fast for some of us.
Vacation : While the trip allowed for many beautiful sights ,the pace was a bit fast for elderly people. I would lve to do another tour a little slower.
Friday, June 3, 2016
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Service rating : well planned, nice hotels, all the great sights. Margaret our tour guide and Max our bus driver were superb hosts.
Vacation : A great vacation. Everything was awesome and no worries for the traveler. Everything was taken care of.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Service rating : Everyone we worked with was extremely helpful in setting up our trip.
Vacation : Just shy of excellent.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent.
Vacation : Wonderful.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Service rating : We were very pleased with our service
Vacation : Our tour guide(Debra) was great. She was very knowledgeable, entertaining & gave some good tips.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Service rating : The service was good. The amount of different prices and vouchers some travelers received was concerning.
Vacation : Trip was great. Your guide Debra Deangelo was amazing.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
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Service rating : good
Vacation : We covered a great deal of territory in 9 days, but the pace felt perfect without too much pressure or lag time. Our guide was wonderfully informed and enjoyable!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thats terrific to hear! This trip does cover alot of ground but we are so pleased that it was a perfect for for you. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
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Service rating : I really appreciate the discounts.
Vacation : Awesome trip--a guided trip is the only way to go when you want to see everything within a week or so. Loved it!
Response from Grand European Travel:
You are so correct. Our trips are designed to hit the highlights of each area with an expert Travel Director by your side. We're so happy that you enjoyed the Italian Intermezzo. Thank you for your feedback.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Service rating : It was indeed a wonderful experience traveling,great tour director
Vacation : Highly recommended vacation
Friday, April 8, 2016
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Service rating : Service was good.
Vacation : The trip was awesome.
Friday, April 8, 2016
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Service rating : Everything was so well planned and ran like a well oiled machine. Our tour guide was amazing!
Vacation : We saw sooooo many wonderful places and things. Tried local foods and learned so much.

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